Now that temperatures are dipping below 80 degrees, it's time to focus on beers for cooler weather. Scott Wood, co-owner and head brewer at Courtyard Brewery, says Louisiana breweries seem to do their best work with stouts and porters, suggesting the mineral content of the water lends itself to darker, heavier styles.
Here are some of the current offerings and upcoming releases from Louisiana breweries:
• Gnarly Barley Brewing's Cari Caramonta says of its newly released Korova Milk Porter: "What makes this beer unique is the fact that it's cold fermented. It's a Baltic oatmeal milk porter that comes in at 6.4 percent (alcohol by volume)."
• Abita Brewing Company has bottled the first beer in its Bourbon Street series: a bourbon barrel-aged imperial stout. The 10 percent alcohol by volume (ABV) stout is cold aged for six weeks and then aged in bourbon barrels for several months to develop and mellow the flavors.
• NOLA Brewing's Irish Channel Stout has been a local seasonal favorite for years and is now available year round on draft and in cans.
• 40 Arpent Brewing Company's flagship New Basin milk stout was the first beer the brewery released in March. Co-owner and head brewer Michael Naquin says the brewery plans to offer it in 22-ounce bottles beginning in November.
• Chafunkta Brewing Company's Old 504, one of the Mandeville brewery's first beers, is a coffee-infused vanilla porter, which incorporates vanilla beans and Orleans Coffee Exchange coffee.
• Bayou Teche Brewing Company's Belgian-inspired imperial stout, Loup Garou, is part of its barrel-aged series. Brewed with chocolate-roasted Belgian hops and French yeast, the beer is aged in oak for several months before release. It is available in 22-ounce bottles and a limited number of kegs.
• Covington Brewhouse plans to release its first winter seasonal, Electric Porter, within a month, and Tin Roof Brewing Company will release Parade Ground Coffee Porter in November.